Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Mayoral Challenge Expected

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Mayoral Challenge Expected

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THE fight between the mayors of Lismore and Richmond Valley on the waters of the Richmond River in Woodburn is set to come to a head on Australia Day.

The challenge will be on for each mayor as they head up their own crew in a dragon boat race on the day, supporting Dragons Abreast crews from Lennox Head and the Clarence Valley.

aThis is a very real challenge and one we are hoping will attract financial and moral support from all onlookers,a said Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell.

aIt's going to be a lot of fun, a great opportunity to raise funds for Dragons Abreast in the Northern Rivers, and a fabulous way to raise awareness for breast cancer. I'm all for it. Bring it on!a she said, smiling.

The dragon boat crews, many of whom are breast cancer survivors, will be sporting their best techniques in an endeavour to paddle their guest past the line first a if no tricky antics thwart their paddle, said National Dragons Abreast representative and Clarence Valley Dragons Abreast crew member Gillian Goddard.

aWe're very proud to have such prominent people aboard supporting us and, at the same time, joining in the fun of it all,a she said.

In the Richmond Valley acornera, Cr Sullivan remains quietly optimistic about his chances.

aI'll be leading the Clarence Valley crew. I say that tongue-in-cheek of course because there won't be a lot of leading happening because I know they have a very good track record,a he said.

aI also have someone up my sleeve who knows all about fights and challenges who'll be giving me the right tips too. So, when mayor Dowell says a[approximately]bring it on', I sincerely hope she's ready for a showdown!a

Cr Sullivan would not reveal this person's identity. He did promise, though, that all would be revealed at a later date.

Both mayors agreed that this event, being held on the country's national day of celebration, typifies the Australian way. …

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